The CIF Southern Section Division 6 baseball champion Santa Maria Saints continue to rack up postseason honors.
On Monday, the CIF-SS released its All-CIF teams for baseball, softball and volleyball and the Saints were at the top of the list.
For leading his team to the championship, Rick Hebert has been named Coach of the Year.
One of the Saints’ outstanding starting pitchers, senior Paul Navarro, is the division’s Player of the Year.
And two of the Saints’ underclassmen, junior pitcher Trevor Garcia and sophomore Tommy Herrera catcher joined Navarro and Hebert on the All-CIF squad.
"I'm super proud of all of the boys, especially these three," said Hebert during a telephone interview Monday afternoon. "I wouldn't have won the award if it wasn't for them and all their hard work this year. But I think this is a win for all the coaches — assistant coach Joey Orozco and all the junior varsity coaches that helped us all year."
The Saints rode the powerful pitching of Navarro and Garcia to the CIF title.
Navarro was on the mound for the Saints’ 10-1 win over Walnut Southlands Christian in the semifinals.
Garcia pitched a complete-game shutout in the Saints’ 9-0 win over Moreno Valley at UC Riverside on Saturday, June 3, in the championship game.
The Saints’ offense was outstanding in the championship run. Santa Maria averaged 11 runs a game – outscoring their opponents 66-12 in the six-game playoff run.
Navarro and Garcia didn't get afternoons off when they weren't on the mound.
"Pauly is an outstanding shortstop and Trevor is an outstanding third baseman who also played shortstop and first base," said Hebert. "Pauly was a senior but Tommy is one of our younger kids and Trevor will be a senior next year so we're building our future around them.
What made Santa Maria's championship run even more remarkable; the Saints had just 10 players on their squad through the regular season then added three more from the JV team for their playoff run.
Righetti High seniors Matt Sauer and Alex Castellanos also earned All-CIF honors.
Sauer, the Warriors right-handed ace and second round draft pick of the New York Yankees, and Castellanos earned All-CIF recognition in Division 3.
Paso Robles senior Nolan Binkele is also on the Division 3 All-CIF team.
Two area players earned All-CIF honors in Division 4 – senior Jake Shusterich from Arroyo Grande High School and sophomore Cole Knightley from Santa Ynez.
Junior Chase Volz, from Cambria’s Coast Union, is All-CIF in Division 7.
Santa Ynez High School completed a remarkable turnaround.
After going winless in both 2015 and 2016, the Pirates posted a 20 win (20-8) season this year, going all the way to the CIF-SS Division 7 championship game.
The Pirates were loaded with underclassmen.
Anastazia Garcia was Santa Ynez’s lone senior.
A pair of Pirate freshman led the way – the cornerstone was pitching ace Armani Garcia, Anastazia’s younger sister.
Armani Garcia and outfielder Yesenia Vega were named to the All-CIF team.
The Pirates lost 7-4 to Sun Valley Village Christian in the Division 7 championship game.
Village Christian’s coach Mackenzie Hoffman was named the Coach of the Year and their freshman infielder took the division’s Player of the Year honors.
Atascadero senior infielder Sarah Wulff made the Division 2 All-CIF team; Arroyo Grande senior pitcher Julie Lewis made the team in Division 3; San Luis Obispo senior utility player Marissa Piatt is on the Division 4 team; and St. Joseph sophomore infielder Halli Hunter is All-CIF in Division 5.
Just one area boys volleyball player earned All-CIF honors.
Arroyo Grande senior setter Sasha Bylsma was named All-CIF in Division 3.